I get it—secondhand and vintage shopping isn't for everyone, but for me is a real treat. The bargains I've found: from a £15 Aquascutum jacket to a £110 classic Burberry trench coat, as well as an embroidered cardigan French influencer and founder of Rouje, Jeanne Damas complimented me on. Not to mention the pieces of vintage sportswear I wear religiously and a checked shirt I bought for £3 from the Salvation Army charity shop, which I still wear 11 years on. Outside of COVD times, I genuinely loved nothing more than browsing my favourite retro clothing shops. However, right now, I have to settle for the digital options available—thankfully they are plentiful. From Etsy to eBay as well as Vestiaire Collective and Oxfam's online store, there are many ways to find pre-loved items.
This month many people in the fashion world are celebrating Secondhand September—a commitment to only buying pre-owned items for 30 days. It's not only a great way to make your wardrobe unique but it's one of the best ways to be sustainable with your clothes. As I know that finding the coolest vintage and secondhand pieces can be tough, I asked four experts on the matter to give me their wishlists in the hope that it might inspire others to do similar when considering a new piece of clothing.
First, I asked Franny Fyne, founder of a vintage shop in Paris, who always wears the coolest retro shirts. I also spoke to Sara Brown who has a real eye for bold colours, not to mention she knows where to find brilliant plus size vintage pieces. Next up, it was Emma Slade Edmondson, who we featured in Best Wardrobes in Britain last year. And finally, I asked Who What Wear's Shopping Editor Joy Montgomery what she's after right now, as she also loves finding a bargain too. I've also included my own picks as I've got quite a few on my list right now. Keep scrolling for all the best vintage and secondhand pieces.
Style Notes: The thing about Franny Fyne is that she manages to blend vintage pieces with newer items so well. I often lust after a piece she’s featured on her Instagram only to realise it’s one-of-a-kind. She has a great eye, not to mention she knows what she’s doing when it comes to styling too.
Marni Wool Blazer (£76)
Marni Wool Jacket (£61)
Moluki_shop '80s Patchwork Denim Jacket (£55)
Fendi Sunglasses (£122)
Rejina Pyo Silk Handbag (£194)
A.W.A.K.E. Vegan Leather Handbag (£171)
Ray-Ban Clubmaster Sunglasses (£38)
Chloé Leather Handbag (£767)
Style Notes: If you want to learn how to inject some colour into your wardrobe, then look no further than Sara Brown’s style. She loves vintage, and specifically bold vintage prints. Head to her page if you want to be more experimental with your style.
eBay Vintage 1970s Sequin Maxi 59-Inch Party (£70)
Issey Miyake Pleats Please Bloom Flower Pattern Purple Top (£207)
Miu Miu Sunglasses (£162)
Vintage Metallic Beaded Bag (£38)
Vintage Wool Cardigan (£94)
Style Notes: Previously featured as part of our Best Wardrobes in Britain series, we’ve been mega fans of Emma Slade Edmondson for a long time. She’s got an eye for whimsical pieces that are simply gorgeous and has introduced us to super cool vintage stores that have carefully-curated items.
Hilda Double-Breasted Check Blazer (£60)
Imparfaite Paisley Bucket Bag (£33)
Waiste 1980s Lilac Jumper (£45)
Waiste 1970s Green Blue Floral Dress (£40)
Waiste 1980s Pink Floral Organza Blouse (£40)
Peony Vintage Pastel Floral Housecoat (£65)
Retold 1960s Shift Dress (£145)
Another Matinée The From You the Flowers Grow Dress (£108)
Style Notes: Shopping editor Joy always finds the coolest vintage pieces, especially when it comes to classic items that will stand the test of time in your wardrobe. I always ask her for advice on where to find the best ‘70s-inspired items.
Rokit Vintage 1970s Russet Brown Long Leather Jacket (£95)
Rokit 1970s Aran Wool Cream Chunky Knit (£38)
Etsy Vintage Cowboy Boots (£50)
Vintage Viyella Button Down Jacket in Off-White (£25)
Etsy Genuine Suede Vintage Jacket (£15)
Etsy Vintage Women White Blouse (£32)
Etsy Y2K High Waist Straight Leg Jeans (£35)
Chloe Vintage 90th Pants Black Authentic Wool (£145)
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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated.
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